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Fondation Pierre Bergé - YSL

Berber women from Morocco

© Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent, Paris

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Fondation Pierre Bergé - YSL
Berber women from Morocco

From March 21st
to July 20th, 2014

In the context of the Femmes berbères du Maroc (Berber Women of Morocco) event, the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent (Paris) is exhibiting, in its private salons, a selection of works by Titouan Lamazou: seven portraits of women from Morocco’s High Atlas and Sahel regions, and two vintage travel sketchbooks that have joined the collections of the Berber Museum of the Jardin Majorelle (Marrakesh). Titouan Lamazou and writer Karin Huet sojourned, in 1982 and 1983, from one Ramadan to the next, in the valleys of Ait Bou Gmez and Ait Bou Ouli, at the heart of the High Atlas. Their impressions were published by Editions Gallimard in an emotional account whose remarkable ethnological dimension springs to the fore today.

In 2013, Titouan returned to visit his mountain-dwelling friends and produced new portraits, currently on display as part of the Berber Women of Morocco exhibition. Thirty years after his initial visit, Titouan picked up the thread of his account, published in the form of a sketchbook compilation in the pages of the exhibition catalogue. These works and the accompanying testimony recount a bond rediscovered, but also the relentless push of time. Here, as elsewhere, changes going by the name of progress have accelerated in recent years.

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